Many costume dolls can be found in Martinique and Guadeloupe. Women resell them on markets: they usually buy plastic dolls and dress them with wonderful handmade costumes. Alas, they are still plastic dolls, and they look even uglier with pretty clothes.

I found this one in St-Pierre, in a shop full of handcrafted dolls: cloth or felt dolls of various styles. Her bow has 3 picks, which means that she is a married woman.


St Pierre de Martinique, Nov. 1997


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